The countdown to the 34th Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF) is on! 

Subject to the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown remaining on track, Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF) will take place from Thursday 29 July – Sunday 1 August 2021.

The Festival will be jam-packed with world class shows – from the magical and quirky performances, to stunning visual experiences, daring dance and spectacular circus – there’s a whole host of free, fun and family friendly entertainment for everyone.

On Thursday 29 July prepare to be amazed from the start when SIRF opens in its trademark awe-inspiring fashion. Launch show ‘The Bridge’ by Imagineer will feature gravity-defying circus acrobatics, dance, comedy, theatre as well as live music inspired by local people.

Then on Sunday 1 August it will be party time in Stockton Town Centre with the return of the much loved SIRF Community Carnival.

SIRF really missed everyone last year but, subject to the national COVID restrictions being eased as planned, families and communities will celebrate coming back together in style.

This year’s Carnival theme is “Junk for Joy” and will see hundreds of young people, adults, community members, musicians and street performers dance and sing their way along Stockton High Street in a sea of colour and music on Sunday 1 August.

The vibrant procession will make its way through the town centre to the Riverside where you can party like it’s 2021!

Expect to be dazzled throughout the day by toe tapping, fist thumping live music, family entertainment, show stopping street theatre shows and plenty of creative workshops to take part in.

There will also be a chance to get involved in virtual workshops at home, keep checking the SIRF website for more details.

Opening Times

All day


Address: High Street, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 1LP, UK

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